The Lord Mayors Show will take place on Saturday the 12th November. It will be the 679th parade, with 6,000 participants including 2,000 military personnel, 200 horses, 220 motor vehicles, 56 floats, 20 marching bands and 18 carriages as well as the Lord Mayor?s impressive stage coach, dating from 1757.
The Lord Mayor of London holds an office first created in 1189. King John granted a Charter in 1215 allowing the citizens of London to elect their own Lord Mayor, but the charter required each new Lord Mayor to take an oath of fealty to the Sovereign. His journey with his supporters through the City streets to do just that has grown into the spectacular Lord Mayor?s Show.
City and Guilds College was founded in 1885 by the City and Guilds London Institute, the City Corporation Institute and the 16 big Livery Companies. The City and Guilds College Union?s roots with the City allow us to enter a float in the Lord Mayor?s Show every year.
This year the theme is City Links, and our sponsor is Atkins, a Civil Engineering consultancy. We have therefore decided to build a cross-section of a bridge to show the world how engineers link the city. Cheesy huh? Nearly all the bits have been cut for the bridge, but it still all has to be put together which may highlight some unforeseen problems? Are you any good at problem solving? Ever thought you?d like to build a bridge? Or perhaps just be on TV in front of 3 million BBC1 viewers?
What ever your reason for joining us, if you want to be a part in either the construction on Saturday 29th October, or parade with the float on Saturday 12 November, drop me an email to [email protected].net
30 million people tune in to the Show worldwide, and 500,000 come and watch in person. This year is going to be fantastic. The procession is 3.3 miles long but the route is only 1.7 miles. Find out how it works on the day!